Research and resources for perinatal professionals.
December 29, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Last summer, I was speaking to a producer of one of the popular cable TV so-called "reality" shows about the births he had witnessed. He said his crew had filmed only one home birth, and the woman had a severe postpartum hemorrhage requiring ambulance transport to the hospital. (She recovered fully.
December 20, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
If anyone is wondering whether good quality childbirth education is necessary in our information age, the past month offers three compelling reasons to think that women remain profoundly in need of a trustworthy, reliable resource for learning how to have safe and healthy birth experiences.1. The
December 11, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
'Tis the season for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine to publish the abstracts for their forthcoming annual meeting. Every year around this time I receive the gift of an electronic Table of Contents alert for the Supplement to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that lists confer
December 08, 2009 | by: Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
While Ive spent a lot of time teaching about databases and indexes, they certainly are not the only way you can track down studies. In this final installment of the tracking down studies part of the Understanding Research series, Ill show you how you can track down studies in other ways.
December 05, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Twice last week, analogies between sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and the organization of our maternity care system came up in blog comment discussions. In a spirited discussion between Katharine Hikel and AcademicObgyn.com's Nicholas Fogelson on Hikel's post, Disputed Territory, she proposed, "maybe
December 04, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
We've been featuring each of the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices in our series of blog carnivals, and this time we're talking about labor support. Healthy Birth Practice #3 is, "Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support."A national survey of women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals
November 30, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Science & Sensibility contributor, Andrea Lythgoe, has a great post up at her own blog. In The Doula Numbers Game, Andrea shows that many of us may be overestimating and overstating the beneficial effects of continuous support from doulas. She argues and I agree that using outdated statistics
November 28, 2009 | by: Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
This article is part of the Understanding Research series.So you found a few good articles, but you wish you could have found more. Sometimes all it takes is finding one good study, and you can use that one to find more!There are several ways to do this:1. Most studies will have a section discussing
November 16, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Consider the Source is a new series of interviews with prominent researchers working to improve the health outcomes of women and infants around the time of childbirth.A member of the faculty at the University Rhode Island, Judith Mercer, PhD, CNM, FACNM, is the Principal Investigator on a randomized
November 15, 2009 | by: Katharine Hikel
This is a guest contribution from Katharine Hikel, MD. Dr. Hikel is a writer on women's health for Medscape/WebMD. Peer-trained in feminist women's health clinics, she is also a graduate of Harvard and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She lives in northern Vermont with her family.
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